Hair Loss can affect men from their 20s onwards,
and by the age of 70, about 80% could have been affected
to some extent. It causes men some anxiety and damage
their confidence, but these days it is also becoming
quite fashionable considering celebrities such as
Andre Agassi, many professional footballers, who have
made a conscious decision to go bald.
Why do some men go bald?
To a certain extent, some male bald pattern is often
inherited so perhaps it is wise to look at what happened
to your father's hair. The pattern and extent of the
baldness is determined by how many hair follicles
carry the hair loss gene. Hair loss starts from the
temples or the crown and continues until all but the
back of the head is bald.
How quickly and how far the hair loss progresses
is determined by the inherited pattern, with some
men losing hair more quickly than others. Geneticists
are trying to track down the genes responsible for
balding and some researchers are developing gene creams
to block the signals to the hair follicle that causes
baldness. Other research continues into cloning healthy
follicles for transplanting.
What is available?
Majority of men are happy to accept baldness gracefully
and gradually but there are some who want to seek
treatment as well. So just what is available these
There are many private clinics promising a great
deal and can be expensive with various treatments,
including hair follicle transplantation. It is hard
to predict the degree of success, so who to go to
can be a difficult choice.
Regaine is a treatment to stimulate regrowth and
has been licensed for some years. It comes in a solution
which you apply to your scalp using an applicator
and there are results which indicates it does work
after its use for a period of time. It is not available
on the NHS, but can be bought at most UK Pharmacies.
Before using it, always consult your doctor first.
If you are genuinely concerned about your baldness
and find you are becoming extremely anxious and even
find yourself staying at home because of hair loss
-then it is important to get help. Go and see your
GP, who should be able to advise you. But do remember,
although hair loss can be distressing, acceptance
is half the battle.
This article is only for information and should not
be treated as any advice.